- Nationally, almost five lakh samples are being tested every day. The increase in testing is one of the key reasons for the rise in the number of people detected to be infected with the disease.
- While Uttar Pradesh on Monday carried out over one lakh novel Coronavirus tests in a single day, there are many states which are still to step up their testing rate. Several of these states, including those who have caseloads more than 20,000, are testing less than 15,000 samples every day.
- Among states with bigger caseloads that are lagging behind include Telangana, Bihar, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. Gujarat has not been doing very well either. Of these, Telangana has carried out less than four lakh tests right now, while Bihar and Odisha both have less than five lakh tests.
- Haryana has tested less than six lakh, while Gujarat has done less than seven lakh tests. Madhya Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal have about eight lakh tests each.
- There are other states, like Chhattisgarh or Jharkhand, which have even lesser number of tests, but most of these have lower caseloads as well.
- On the other hand Tamil Nadu has carried out almost 25 lakh tests, while Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are near 20 lakh each. Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan have done more than 15 lakh tests each.
- Most of the states are now deploying rapid antigen tests to quickly check the status of a person, these have not been used as effectively as in the case of Uttar Pradesh which is conducting around 50,000 rapid tests every day.
- Nationally, almost five lakh samples are being tested every day. The increase in testing is one of the key reasons for the rise in the number of people.
- On Tuesday, the total number of people who have till now been infected with the virus crossed 15 lakh. With the addition of over 48,000 new cases, this number reached 15.31 lakh. The journey from 10 lakh to 15 lakh took just 12 days.
- Meanwhile, the results of another serological survey in Mumbai were released on Tuesday. Out of the nearly 7,000 people tested in this survey, about 40 per cent were found to have developed antibodies for the novel Coronavirus.